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· Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks

· The Butterfly Effect

· The Girl From Kosovo


Short Stories
· Planting Seeds

· A Christmas Tale

· Picking up Peas With Chopsticks

· Into White

· When It's Over... It's Over

· Katies Ride

· Better Late Than Never?

· Thursday night roasted again

· Thursday Night Roast

· Betrayal

· What is a futurist



· People

· Passion - a reflection


· Is This What I Have Feared All My Life?

· England My England!

· Alien Visitation

· What's In a Handbag...?

· Waiting in the Wings

· The Leader

· A Cyber-curse on Bank Managers

· Threads

· Love

· Kings

· The Ballad of Rolly Rat

· Andy and Me


· Just Like Pop

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by Graham whittaker
Monday, April 04, 2005
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Withernsea is a small town on the East Coast of Yorkshire. Now knowns as Humberside. This is just a memory of more than 40 years ago. And the style is a deliberate tribute to my hero Sir John Betjamen


Mother always set the table; four o'clock as school let out.
Bells electric, blue-black blazers, school scarves streaming, joyous shouts.
Past the lighthouse, white and gleaming, bicycles and busses crowd.
Raggy, baggy leather satchels, inky fingers, voices loud.
Sun-shot seaside, bingo parlours, slot machines and dodgem cars.
Teenage walks with teenage wenches, on the prom beneath the stars.
"Stoney Island" on the out-tide, sand eels shiny in the sun.
Crabs and whelks and periwinkles, wildwood childhood.... days now gone.
Rambling brambles in the country; damsons, conkers, free-range eggs.
Work-won bounty, rural booty; scrapes and scratches to our legs.
Misty morning mushroom hunting; out at five and back by six.
Mother had the kettle boiling; bacon, eggs and mushroom mix.
Auntie Gwen and Auntie Winnie, Gran, and Grandad, Uncle Jack.
Cousins, Michael, Ian, Andrew; memories come flooding back.
Christmas carols, Mr Lunns house, up Hull Road, just out of town.
Hot Mince-pies and Stones Green Ginger; Home again with half-a-crown.
Friends and family, stoic safety; careless childhood wild and free.
Older now, the tired traveller misses "home" in Withernsea.
D.G 1995

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 2/27/2008
Great. Have a pen pal from Daventry and she came to U.S. and went to play bingo with me one night. She said it was different than Eng. but I do not know if she knows of this place. Will have to ask her.

She loved the states and our visit together. Lois C
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 7/15/2005
Excellent poem...entertaining and well written, I enjoyed reading it...I wish you well with your writings...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/5/2005
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/4/2005
This is outstanding! The meter and rhyme along with
the content make this prose a joy to read! Thanks for sharing!


Books by
Graham whittaker

Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks

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The Girl From Kosovo

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The Butterfly Effect


  1. in honor of
  2. Water Baby
  3. Blue Morpho
  4. Your Own Nuclear Power
  5. For Emily
  6. Defeat
  7. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  8. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  9. Free Spirit
  10. Traveler's Lament
  11. I'm So Happy
  12. reevaluation
  13. Heaven on Earth
  14. In The Bath
  15. My Scars
  16. Last Birthday
  17. larger voice
  18. Eclipse
  19. I Am . . .
  20. Kaleidoscope World

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